With just 10 months until its inaugural cruise, construction continues on Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Carnival Magic, as the ship moves closer to its May 1, 2011, debut.

In the photos above, the massive enclosed bridge is maneuvered by cranes atop the Carnival Magic’s superstructure while its distinctive red, white and blue winged funnel is shown dockside before being positioned onto the ship’s upper deck.

The 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic is slated to debut in Europe with a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises operating May 1 – Oct. 28, 2011.  Following a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing, Carnival Magic will launch seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston, Texas, Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the port’s largest year-round cruise ship.

Carnival Magic will offer a number of on-board facilities and features – an expansive water park, an indoor/outdoor café and entertainment venue called Ocean Plaza, an exclusive adults-only retreat and extensive children’s play areas – along with several innovations unique to this vessel to be announced in the near future.